Interview with CSG Senior Fellow

Jun 22, 2016 | People@CSG Update

Senior Fellow Nina Wilén talks about key findings in her new book ‘Justifying Interventions in Africa: (de)stabilizing sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi, and the Congo‘.

In her book, Wilén explores the relationship between sovereignty, stability and intervention by examining justifications for interventions in three states. She argues that sovereignty should be understood as a social construct. As such, its political meaning can shift when international actors, states or leaders attempt to interpret the concept at a specific point in time and justify their own actions. These justifications are directed to an audience – what could be called an interpretive community. We can learn a great deal about the politics and possibilities for intervention by exploring the exchange between these varied actors and the ways in which verdicts on legality, legitimacy and sovereignty are forged.